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Maas recognized for contributions to IT

Apr 27, 2017
Photo: Bruce Maas

UW-Madison CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology Bruce Maas has received the President’s Leadership award from Internet2, the pre-eminent advanced technology community in the U.S. Also, former UW CIO Annie Stunden received the Internet2 Mentorship Award.

Connor promoted to research policy post

Apr 6, 2017
Photo: Nadine Connor

Nadine Connor has been appointed associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance. Connor’s responsibilities include serving as the institutional official for both the human subjects and animal research programs, as well as overseeing the stem cell oversight program for the university.

Guthier feted for service to Union movement

Apr 4, 2017
Photo: Mark Guthier

The Association of College Unions International has given Wisconsin Union Director Mark Guthier an award recognizing his significant contributions to the college union and student activities movement. Guthier is only the third director in the Union’s nearly 100-year history.

Ramanathan appointed Graduate School associate dean

Mar 30, 2017
Photo: Parmesh Ramanathan

Parmesh Ramanathan, professor and former chair of electrical and computer engineering, joins the Graduate School April 3 as associate dean. His duties will include supervising the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment, the Office of Academic Services, and the Office of Admissions.

Andes receives national microbiology award

Mar 28, 2017
Photo: David Andes

David Andes, a professor of medical microbiology, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Andes researches antibiotic resistance, particularly in fungal pathogens. He aims to understand how pathogens resist treatment and how to overcome their defenses.

Gray to advance Peabody media mission

Mar 7, 2017
Photo: Jonathan Gray

You might be familiar with the Peabody Awards, given for distinguished media achievements since 1940. Peabody is now launching The Media Center, a production division and scholarly research center. UW-Madison’s Jonathan Gray will be one of the inaugural Peabody Fellow Scholars.

Bird Bear to lead diversity programs in SoE

Feb 28, 2017
Photo: Aaron Bird Bear

Aaron Bird Bear has been appointed assistant dean for student diversity programs in the School of Education. Bird Bear will be responsible for leadership around recruiting, supporting and retaining underrepresented students, while also serving as the school’s multicultural/disadvantaged coordinator.

Two receive prestigious Sloan awards

Feb 23, 2017
Graphic: Sloan Foundation logo

Two UW-Madison professors, Darcie Moore and Steven Sam, have been named to Sloan Research Fellowships — prestigious and competitive awards given to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers. Past winners include 43 who went on to receive Nobel Prizes.

Business school’s Thompson wins fellowship

Feb 21, 2017
Photo: Craig Thompson

Wisconsin School of Business Professor Craig Thompson has been named a 2017 Association for Consumer Research Fellow. Thompson’s research includes how class and gender shape consumer preferences and behavior, and the influences market systems exert over consumer choice and lifestyle.

Rau wins award to study STEM learning

Feb 16, 2017
Photo: Martina Rau

Martina Rau recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how adaptive educational technologies can improve students’ learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Adap-tive technologies, such as online tutoring sys-tems, are designed to individualize instruction.

Keller, retired from Covance, joins WARF board

Feb 14, 2017
Photo: Deborah Keller

Deborah Keller, a retired Covance Inc. executive with extensive global experience in drug development, has joined the board of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Keller has an MBA from UW-Madison and serves on the board of the Wisconsin School of Business and its Dean’s Advisory Board.

2 win awards for nursing research

Feb 14, 2017
Photo: Barbara Bowers

Two School of Nursing faculty members have earned awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Barbara J. Bowers (left) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her scholarship in long-term care. Barbara J. King was cited for her work to optimize nursing care of hospitalized older adults.


Cramer named UW System vice president

Jan 24, 2017
Photo: Robert Cramer

Robert G. Cramer has been named the UW System’s vice president for administration. He will be the system’s chief operating officer, overseeing facilities planning, information technology, human resources, and other areas. He succeeds David Miller, who stepped down in December.

Ladson-Billings among most influential

Jan 19, 2017
Photo: Gloria Ladson-Billings

Education Week blogger Rick Hess has published his annual rankings of the most influential education scholars in the United States, and UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is ranked No. 3. Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education.


Astrophysics innovator Lawler wins national award

Jan 19, 2017
Photo: James Lawler

James Lawler, a professor of physics known for devising innovative techniques to measure the chemical elements in the sun and other stars, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Laboratory Astrophysics Prize by the American Astronomical Society. He earned his doctorate here before joining the faculty.

Harris is interim leader of quality improvement

Jan 12, 2017
Photo: Darin Harris

Following the retirement of Maury Cotter, Darin Harris has been named interim director of UW-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement. Harris has been a consultant and facilitator in OQI since 2004. He previously worked for 10 years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Straus nominated for Holocaust Memorial Council

Jan 10, 2017
Photo: Scott Straus

Scott Straus, director of graduate studies in the Political Science Department, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Straus, previously a freelance journalist, has been honored by the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

Barker moves to CALS in research role

Dec 15, 2016
Photo: Bill Barker

Bill Barker is the new CALS associate dean for research, leading the college’s Research Division and overseeing the Agricultural Research Stations. He currently directs the Offices of Research Policy and Industrial Partnerships in the Office of the Vice Chan-cellor for Research and Graduate Education.


Family law expert selected for research chair

Dec 15, 2016
Photo: Tonya Brito

A Law School professor will use an innovative research chair to complete a project that examines the civil justice experiences of unrepresented parents in child support cases. Tonya Brito, a nationally known family law expert, is the 2016 recipient of the Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair in Law.

Q&A: Maury Cotter drives pursuit of quality

Dec 13, 2016
Photo: Maury Cotter

After 26 years at UW–Madison, Maury Cotter will retire in January as director of the university’s Office of Quality Improvement. The office provides strategic planning, project management, restructuring, process improvement and change management — all in the name of organizational excellence.